This is another book that wasn’t chosen to fit my challenge categories. I’m STILL waiting for my challenge books to become available. I guess I should have chosen less popular books. I was very frustrated last week when I realized that I had forgotten to put the next Harry Potter book onto my phone, and none of my others from Overdrive were ready yet. I was planning to dig into available titles from my Overdrive wishlist. The cover are seemed a bit dated, but I’ve been on a bit of a Fantasy kick lately, and this definitely kept with that theme.
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Ward, the young lord of Hurog, who many assume to be nothing more than a giant oaf, inherits the kingdom when his father his thrown from his horse. However, he played his part of the oaf too well and the rest of the kingdom believes him to be incapable of fulfilling his duties and he is ousted from his position. Now he must prove himself worthy and negotiate the return of his city to his care. Shouldn’t be too hard with the help of his friends, so long as they don’t get caught up in political scandal unraveling across the country along the way.
Great story and intriguing characters! Within the first few chapters Patricia Briggs had already mentioned fantasy points from several other series I have been reading and I was instantly curious about how she would use and develop these ideas. Dragons, political intrigue, outcasts, and magic all combine to create a driving plot with very few sluggish points. Our main character fits the Prince Charming role very well. He is highly intelligent, though he intentionally hides it, strong, courageous, and romantic. Being so stereo-typically perfect, one could assume him to be a flat character, however he goes through great growth throughout the story, as do many of the side characters. Also of note, while the story certainly ends happily, it’s not an ideal ending. The characters definitely still have work to do on a personal and global level, which is a great tie into the rest of the series, but also a bit more realistic. I will definitely be grabbing the next book in the series.
This book is definitely rated PG-13 for violence and some sexual content. However, I think it could be a fantastic book or series for early teen readers, especially young boys, or girls with an interest in fantasy and magic. This story could easily appeal to a fan of Harry Potter or someone looking for something a bit more old school fantasy.
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Have you read Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs? What did you think? Are there any other books of hers that you think I should read? I’d love to hear from you!